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So how can this even work? How can I transmit power over several inches of space to power something so small?
It wasn't so much the inability to transmit power wirelessly that was the issue - it was the fact that I wanted to incorporate this technology into something this small. Our wireless LED Lit Brix receivers are as small as 8mm x 8mm x 10mm.
Well, I asked myself several times the same question - and also received a similar reaction from most engineers and physicists that I researched this with.
However, after trial and error and some product testing, I was able to determine that i-Brix could become a real, functional product. In principle, it's similar to how a wireless cell phone charging station would operate. You have a base (our Power Plate) that contains a transmitter set at a specific frequency that then sends the power wirelessly across space to the receiver (Lit Brix). The receiver of course is set to the exact same frequency so that they will power up and light.
OK, so you sorta know how - but why? Who cares about lights, right?
That's another great question. And, the simple answer is because people will use it! Being able to have the flexibility to build something, remove some bricks, and re-attach them in a different place without having to deal with moving wires or batteries is a big deal.
Everyone from a "basic builder" to a pro AFOL will appreciate the idea of using the bricks as originally intended - with little limitations. This is a great way to enhance your builds with unique features and character.
i-Brix is an idea from a LEGO® fan in the Heartland - Omaha, NE. And we'd love to see i-Brix fandom spread across the nation quickly!